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Cleveland Aquatic Centre Upgrade

Redland Aquatic Centre and Emergency Precinct

Incorporating Surf Life Saving Queensland State Headquarters and Centre of Excellence

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre was built nearly forty years ago. The facility is nearing the end of its useful life and is in need of an upgrade.

Redland City Council is investigating redeveloping the entire site through a partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland to mitigate ongoing costs to ratepayers.

The Aquatic Centre is on state-owned land in Russell Street, Cleveland. A land swap is currently being negotiated with the State Government to allow the redevelopment of the whole site.

Adjoining land inContinue reading

Redland Aquatic Centre and Emergency Precinct

Incorporating Surf Life Saving Queensland State Headquarters and Centre of Excellence

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre was built nearly forty years ago. The facility is nearing the end of its useful life and is in need of an upgrade.

Redland City Council is investigating redeveloping the entire site through a partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland to mitigate ongoing costs to ratepayers.

The Aquatic Centre is on state-owned land in Russell Street, Cleveland. A land swap is currently being negotiated with the State Government to allow the redevelopment of the whole site.

Adjoining land in Wellington St is occupied by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES). This forms the core of a proposed Emergency Services Precinct to be collocated with the Aquatic Centre.

The original 50 metre, eight lane pool was built in 1978. At the time engineers estimated it would reach the end of its useful life in around 40 years. It now requires extensive refurbishment.

Since the Centre opened, there have been a number of improvements including a grandstand, a 20 metre indoor heated pool, a 25 metre outdoor pool, and an outdoor water play area.

  • October 2017 update

    about 2 months ago

    On 11 October 2017, Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) to explore the feasibility of redeveloping the site in partnership.

    This includes the possible relocation of SLSQ headquarters from their current home in West End and the development of an integrated Aquatic and Emergency Precinct that includes:

    • Redland Aquatic Centre
    • Surf Life Saving Queensland state headquarters and Centre of Excellence
    • State Emergency Services facilities*
    • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services*, and
    • Queensland Ambulance Service*.

    *existing site stakeholder

    SLSQ is an Australian icon. In 2016, lifesavers spent more than 300,000 volunteer hours protecting... Continue reading

    On 11 October 2017, Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) to explore the feasibility of redeveloping the site in partnership.

    This includes the possible relocation of SLSQ headquarters from their current home in West End and the development of an integrated Aquatic and Emergency Precinct that includes:

    • Redland Aquatic Centre
    • Surf Life Saving Queensland state headquarters and Centre of Excellence
    • State Emergency Services facilities*
    • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services*, and
    • Queensland Ambulance Service*.

    *existing site stakeholder

    SLSQ is an Australian icon. In 2016, lifesavers spent more than 300,000 volunteer hours protecting beachgoers across Queensland. SLSQ’s move to the Redlands would raise the profile of the Redlands and the redeveloped Aquatic Centre, supporting regional economic growth.

    SLSQ has Surf Clubs at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo and patrols at Wellington Point.

    So the partnership to go ahead, Council is working to acquire the state-owned land the Aquatic Centre is on from the State Government. The Community Purpose zoning on the land and public access to it will remain and be guaranteed through a lease arrangement between SLSQ and RCC.

    The community will benefit from increased local employment, access to new expanded facilities and new services and programs not currently offered at the Aquatic Centre.

    Scope

    The Centre’s 50 metre pool has reached the end of its useful life.

    The aim is to create a new, state-of-the-art public Aquatic Centre with wellbeing and warm water therapy services and:

    • new Pools:
      • a new 50m outdoor Olympic pool to FINA standard with movable bulkhead
      • a new 25m deep water rescue pool with moveable floor and wave maker
      • a new indoor warm water program pool
      • a new indoor learn-to-swim pool
    • new grandstand and swim club amenities
    • new reception and retail outlet
    • new gym and crèche
    • wellness consulting rooms
    • new café with a commercial kitchen
    • new public amenities and family-friendly change rooms
    • increased car parking and all abilities access
    • kids’ water zone with landscape improvements
    • a new SLSQ Headquarters building, including:
      • a Centre of Excellence training college
      • administrative offices
      • a 200 seat auditorium
      • flexible training rooms
      • flexible office space
      • accommodation and under-building parking.
      • New SES training rooms and operational facilities.

    Benefits

    Redland City Council (RCC) and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) engaged Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) to do a financial cost-benefit analysis (financial CBA) and broader economic impact assessment of the proposed Redland Aquatic and Emergency Precinct.

    The study found the project will have significant positive benefits economy-wide, with an increase in real Gross Regional Product (GRP) in Redland over the project life of an estimated $120 million (in 2015-16 dollar terms) and an increase in average ongoing annual employment of 63 full time equivalent jobs (FTEs).

    The construction phase of the project will provide a significant boost to the region with $71 million in construction expenditure in 2018-20 which translates to $17 million in real GRP and 130 FTEs.

    These benefits are:

    • increased services to the community- a new, world class Aquatic Centre owned by RCC and leased to SLSQ for 99 years
    • ongoing cost savings to RCC for capital costs and operating expenditure due to the current age and condition of the pool
    • new employment, education and training opportunities associated directly with the precinct (as mentioned above) including 130 FTE jobs during construction, 100+ FTE SLSQ staff being employed at the new facility and an increase of 63 FTEs in average annual employment relative to ‘business as usual’
    • SLSQ Headquarters and its Centre of Excellence will provide brand recognition, education, training and tourism growth opportunities
    • strong partnerships between integrated emergency services and disaster management agencies
    • a wellness hub providing community health benefits from increased access to and participation in swimming activities, consulting rooms and programs for all ages
    • a net increase in pool area, with additional pool space for warm water program activities, lap swimming and play.

    Managing the build

    Redland City Council is committed to managing the changes to the Aquatic Centre and the impact on the Redland community by consulting with stakeholders and keeping people informed of progress.

    Council will look at options to keep the community wet and cool during the summer when construction is underway. The redevelopment is expected to take around 18 months – one Summer and two Winters.

  • March 2017 update

    about 2 months ago

    Consultation - Round one (completed 22 Mar – 19 Apr)

    Redland City Council is conducting two rounds of community consultation.

    Round one was an online survey seeking feedback on Aquatic Centre users’ wishes.

    The community survey sought input from Cleveland Aquatic Centre users on their current use of the Centre, what facilities what they wanted, and whether they had any objection to the Council acquiring the state-owned land on which the Centre sits to enable the redevelopment.

    The survey ran for a month via Council’s online engagement platform, ‘Your Say’. The result will be reviewed going into the final design... Continue reading

    Consultation - Round one (completed 22 Mar – 19 Apr)

    Redland City Council is conducting two rounds of community consultation.

    Round one was an online survey seeking feedback on Aquatic Centre users’ wishes.

    The community survey sought input from Cleveland Aquatic Centre users on their current use of the Centre, what facilities what they wanted, and whether they had any objection to the Council acquiring the state-owned land on which the Centre sits to enable the redevelopment.

    The survey ran for a month via Council’s online engagement platform, ‘Your Say’. The result will be reviewed going into the final design development stage.